Friday 19 June 2015

Settle Soup- and the four pitches on 17 June ..

See also

Pay your £4-00 as you come in (or nearest donation)

Are you sitting comfortably?

 See video/tasters of the four pitches:- (Each 1.5 to 3.5 min long)

Settle Stories - given by Sita Brand:

Christmas Lights: Tony Hardwick

Transitions: Andy Mouncey

Local Charity Trusts: Sarah Wiltshire   (Only the second half of the talk was recorded)

Then discuss over soup. Write suggestions. Ask the presenters for details and give suggestions.

The votes were counted.

The four presenters stood in front
 of the special panel/backcloth on the stage- printed many years ago of Settle Market Place

The Transitions project gained most votes.

Andy accepts the £193 for the project:

 Well done Andy and well done all for four excellent presentations. Many ideas were exchanged

And as we walk out of Victoria Hall and into Settle Market Place that evening we see what a beautiful town we have... even the Open Gardens Festival on 20-21 June this weekend is promoted on the banner on the Shambles

Next Settle Soup: mid September Lunchtime at The Victoria Hall - Book to tell us you are coming

Wednesday 17 June 2015


2nd June sees me travelling to Birmingham to attend a meeting of the Environment Issues Network - I went on behalf on Green Christian. There are representativess there from Christian Aid, CAFOD, several of the main denominations and others

The train to take me to arrives at Giggleswick

At Birmingham New Street Railway station , near by
I find this wall planted with wild flowers.
Here is either "White" or "Snowy" Woodrush.

Although obviously planted and
possibly European rather than British stock -
I was REALLY inpressed
they had made a display using wildflowers.
Well done!!!

I wave to myself in the big mirror screen above.
 I walked to just south of the Bull Ring, to the carpark opposite the Carrs Lane Chch where we had our conference a year and a quarter ago.. Then I had been amazed to find 35 different species in flower in March 2014

I wanted to find out if it was equally species rich 15 months later.

And indeed it was

Indeed it was so good I wonder if it had deliberately been planted with these special weedy species - or if they had come in by themselves on the waste spoil that had been put beside the car park.

I'll do a separate 30dayswild-2b-June post to talk about the EIN meeting... which was not quite as wild, but very green and outdoorsy.


In the first half of June I discovered the project 30-days-wild- encouraged by the Wildlife Trusts - challenging people to do something in the wild in every day of June.

I'll try and write a post for each day. (The first few retrospectively)
I have no pictures of 1 June so I'll put in pictures of 31st May - I  noticed that the hawthorn was not yet out in Malham village.
Malham 31 May 2015- view towards the Cove
(See more pics of this)

See my post about this - "Don't cast a clout e'r May is out"

In the morning I went to Malham chapel 9.30 service to collect my wildflower "Rainforest Greeting Cards which I had left on display the week before for Malham Safari.

I got back over the water divide to Horton in Ribblesdale in time for the lunch after the confirmation service which Bishop James had attended - it was his first "official job" after being officially made Bishop - though he has been doing the work for over a year.

Doris shows Bishop James her book of
"Wildflowers of the Ingleton churchyards".
She will be leading a walk of this title
on 20 June at 5.45-6.30pm,
including light refreshments
and showing people her book.
All welcome

Doris' book has lots of delightful water-colour paintings of wildflowers.
I also showed him the Horton in Ribblesdale Lichen Trail 
that I have put in the Church at Horton

I'll be running a Lichen Identification workshop the same day. 20 June 9.45am 2015

Monday 1 June 2015

Don't cast a clout e'r May is out

This expression is meant to apply to Hawthorn blossom (May blossom)
Yesterday (May 31st) the May STILL wasn't out around here.
.. maybe at Skipton or Clitheroe.. may be at Leeds. Not here.

Here are pictures of hawthorn trees at Malham Cove and near Langcliffe... Yes they are in bud.. and trying.

Last night the minumum "Apparent temperature" at Ribblehead viaduct was -3.0
Last night the minumum "Windchill temperature" at Ribblehead viaduct was -.5
Last night the minumum temperature at Ribblehead viaduct was 3.9 C
We had lots of hail stone showers, though not actually snow.

Now 19.54 on the 1st June the temperature is 6.1 (apparent temperature 1.7). it is raining hard and blowing a gale. Can't blame the hawthorn buds for not opening.

Malham 31 May 2015

Malham 31 May 2015

Malham 31 May 2015- view towards the Cove
Horton in Ribblesdale,
the car-park/green just over the bridge from the church

The Holly next to the post office/shop next to the bridge, at Malham:  Mr Ingham at the shop said on May 8th five years ago at the last election, this tree was in full bloom.  this year 2015 - three weeks later.. and the holly is just coming out.